iHeartRadio Music Festival Returns to Las Vegas for 2022 Event
After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the twelfth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest wrapped up Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable two-day performances from Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-Trip, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Sean Diddy Combs and The Black Keys.
The iconic, weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music from all genres on the main stage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 23 and 24, and on the stage at day of the iHeartRadio Music Festival Saturday afternoon at AREA15, featuring performances by Avril Lavigne, Maggie Rogers, 5 Seconds of Summer, Big Time Rush, Girl in Red, Lauv, Chlöe, Willow, JAX, Chase Rice, Latto, Carly Pearce, Ryan Hurd, GAYLE and Lauren Spencer-Smith.
2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival Highlights
Pitbull kicked off Friday night dancing through his set to fan favorites including “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Fireball”, “Timber”, “Give Me Everything”, “Can’t Stop Us Now” and Moreover.
Sam Smith surprised the crowd by bringing Kim Petras on stage to perform their new song “Unholy,” which features Kim Petras. Additionally, they captivated audiences with their hits such as “Stay,” “Latch,” and more.
Lionel Richie brought back 80s nostalgia. Performing in a sequined leather jacket, he took everyone down memory lane with his fan-favorite songs like ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘You Are’, ‘Hello’ and of course, “All Night Long”. The icon also had audiences on their toes performing her Commodores hit “Brick House.”
The Black Keys took over the stage at T-Mobile Arena as they treated fans to a performance that included some of their greatest hits, ‘Howling For You’, ‘Lo-Hi’, ‘Wild Child’ , “Little Black Submarines”, “Lonely Boy” and more.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo got everyone “All Fired Up,” showing the crowd why they’re inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. The iconic musical couple rocked the house as they performed several fan favorites in a career-spanning set, including “All Fired Up”, “Promises”, “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Heartbreaker”.
Black Eyed Peas showed fans their iconic evolution with a mix of fan favorites, along with some of their new songs, like “Let’s Get It Started”, “Boom Boom Pow”, “Mamacita”, “Pump It”, ” Don’t You Worry”, “Where Is The Love”, and ended with the iconic “I Got A Feeling”.
Morgan Wallen wowed the audience with his piano skills as he opened his set with a moving performance of “Sand in My Boots.” He had the crowd cheering throughout his set as he performed some of his biggest hits like “Wasted On You” and “Whiskey Glasses” and more.
Diplo closed out the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival with an energetic set full of dance hits, and he brought in Morgan Wallen to perform their collaboration “Heartless” for the very first time.
Avril Lavigne opened the second night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival by sharing her 20-year-old discography of hits. After performing at the Daytime Stage earlier today, Avril kicked off her set on the main stage with one of her biggest hits, “Girlfriend.” April came to the present day with “Bite Me”. For her latest track, she rocked the iconic “Sk8er Boi,” which fans sang with passion.
Marcus Mumford celebrated his first solo album with a passionate rendition of “Prior Warning.” He then performed “Better Off High,” which fluctuated before the catchy beat finally turned into the song’s explosive chorus that blew the crowd away. He closed his set with a moving performance of “Better Angels.”
Luke Combs took the stage and got the whole crowd up. He performed some of his greatest hits including “Hurricane”, “When It Rains It Pours” and “Lovin’ On You”.
Sean Diddy Combs kicked things off with “Victory” followed by Biggie’s “Juicy” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.” Later, Diddy released his son King Combs, who performed his latest single “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. Towards the end of his set, he dedicated his performance to those he’s lost in the past like his late ex Kim Porter, music manager Andre Harrell, Heavy D and the Notorious BIG.
Maren Morris captivated audiences with some of her fan favorites including “Circles” and “The Bones.” His set also included Ryan Hurd for an adorable onstage husband and wife moment performing “I Can’t Love You Anymore.” She closed her set by taking the whole audience to the church. Morris delivered a moving performance of his 2016 hit “My Church,” earning tons of praise from the T-Mobile arena crowd.
LL COOL J ft. DJ Z-Trip wowed the crowd with a vibrant mix of his classic hits including “Rock The Bells”, “Jack The Ripper” and “Headsprung”. He kept the crowd on their feet as he performed “Doin It”, “Lougin'” and “Jingalin Baby”.
Halsey came out with a stunning stage presence and primed the cheering crowd with “Nightmare,” then performed “You Should Be Sad,” “So Good,” “Bad At Love” and more. Turning 28 in a few days, Halsey called the festival a “birthday party”.
Megan Thee Stallion took the stage to close out the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival with an electric performance of songs from her new album Traumazine, including “Ungrateful” featuring Key Glock, “Her” and “Plan B.” She also performed fan-favorite songs like “WAP”, “Body”, “Thot Sh*t” and “Freak Nasty”.
2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival Daytime Stage Highlights
JAX returned to the action on Saturday when she kicked off the daytime stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival with her single “90s Kid.” She then performed a cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” before ending her set with her hit song “Victoria’s Secret,” which took TikTok by storm.
Lauren Spencer Smith had an emotional gig in sunny Vegas when she finished with her single “Fingers Crossed,” showing her voice with the heartbreaking song about lost love.
Ryan Hurd pumped up the crowd with songs from his debut album, including “Coast,” “Platonic,” “To AT,” “Pass It On,” as well as “Chasing After You,” featuring wife Maren Morris.
Girl in Red took the Daytime Stage by storm with hits like “Bad Idea”, “Serotonin” and “I’ll Call You Mine”.
Cheat Codes brought their energetic set to the crowd as Trevor Dahl jumped off the stage and serenaded the fans in the front rows. They performed hit songs like “Lean On Me” and “Pretty Girl” and later “I Remember”.
GAYLE connected with her fans in the crowd through her hit “abcdefu,” even pausing her set to chat with fans who had traveled across multiple states to see her perform on stage for the first time. day. The teenage superstar admitted she was intimidated following Avril Lavigne, and the two seemed to hit it off in a perfect sweet moment backstage.
Chase Rice made sure the crowd stayed hydrated as he tossed fans beers while singing “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” and kept the party going with several fan-favorite songs, including “Ready Set Roll,” “Lonely If You Are,” “Eyes On You” and “Cruise” — the hit that Rice co-wrote and Florida Georgia Line.
Chlöe turned up the heat with an action-packed set featuring songs like “Have Mercy”, “Do It”, “For the Night” and “Treat Me”. She also brought Cheat Codes back on stage for a cover of Lumidee’s “Never Leave”.
Maggie Rogers shone through her set, performing songs like “Shatter”, “Want Want”, “That’s Where I Am” and “Be Cool” from her recent second album Surrender and older hits like “Light On”. from his first album. Rogers also kept a close eye on the crowd in the Vegas heat, reminding fans to look out for each other.
Carly Pearce kicked off her set with her sassy single “Diamondback” and kept the crowd pumping with other favorites like “What He Didn’t Do”, “Next Girl”, her duet with Ashley McBride “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” and “I hope you’re happy now.”
5 Seconds of Summer rocked the stage to the delight of the audience, many of whom had stood for hours in the Vegas sun just to catch their set. They performed their hit songs like ‘No Shame’ and ‘Easier’ and had the crowd roaring to ‘She’s So Perfect’ – their first ever hit. They ended their set with their song “Youngblood”.
Lauv performed hit songs like “I Like Me Better” and immersed himself in the crowd when he revealed that his song “Modern Loneliness” was inspired by his own struggles with feeling lonely before performing it.
Latto kept the energy going with songs like his hit “Big Energy” and other songs like “B*tch From Da Souf”, “Soufside” and more. She also had a sweet moment with Chloe backstage when the two singers realized they pair up in their stage suits.
Willow performed the ultimate set on the daytime stage, rocking the crowd with hits like “Meet Me At Our Spot” and more. They were also spotted watching previous sets from the pit with fans.
Big Time Rush closed the Daytime Stage with a dose of nostalgia, singing iconic hits like “Boyfriend” and “City Is Ours.”
The 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival also featured celebrity appearances including Alexis Mateo and Coco Montrese of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ben Higgins, Bethany Joy Lenz, Drew Sidora, Dixie D’Amelio, Hayley Kiyoko, Hilarie Burton, JAX, Jennie Garth , Kristin Cavallari, Kyle Richards, Lance Bass, Leslie Jones, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph of Abbott Elementary, Sophia Bush, Teddi Mellencamp, The Miz and Tori Spelling.
The CW streamed both nights of the festival live exclusively via The CW app and CWTV.com. The CW Network will air a two-night television special on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Fans streamed the daytime scene at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube.
Immediately following the two nights of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the official Post Show presented by M&M’s was streamed live on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Hosted by Maxwell & Crystal Rosas of Z100 New York, they covered the biggest moments from each night. Absent fans can scroll to #iHeartFestival2022 to see tweets and retweets from fans as well as Festival artists and presenters.
Proud partners of this year’s event include Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water, Audible – The home of storytelling, Capital One, Coors Light, The CW, Famous Footwear, The Hartford Small Business Insurance, Hyundai, M&M’s®, T-Mobile and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, Director of Programming for iHeartMedia.